During the 2019-20 academic year, Rudy Arguelles will be at the helm of the Riverside City College Baseball program for his fifth year. During the 2018-19 campaign, Arguelles guided the Tigers to a 32-12 overall record and a 2nd place finish, in the always ultra-competitive Orange Empire Conference (15-6). Even though the Tigers fell short of their team goal, and lost in California Community College Association Southern California Super-Regionals, they had all 11 transfer eligible student/athletes matriculate and transfer to four year institutions at the D1, D2 and NAIA levels. Overall, Arguelles will be endearing his 21st year as a coach at RCC. He has continued the success and traditions of the program that legendary coach, Dennis Rogers established when he took the program from the depths in 1990. Arguelles has worked in all facets of the game, assisting players with their continued development and growth mentally and physically. “It’s an absolute area of emphasis and a standard that was established in the early years with Dennis, and his staff. We take tremendous pride in continuing these standards and preparing these young men for their next opportunities in the game and in life!”
Arguelles has also been a part of all four California Community College State Baseball Championships at RCC. They are one of only three colleges to win three consecutive state titles in a row (2000-2001-2002). RCC also won a state title in 2007. All in all, Arguelles and RCC have been to the State Championships five times, 2008 being the only year they didn’t win the title.
As a student/athlete Arguelles was an All-County and All-League (Mountain View) infielder out of Norco High School. Where he learned and played for under Gary Parcel and Don Harris. He led his team to consecutive league titles his junior and senior years, which also saw his teams, lose to both eventual CIF Champions as well. He found his way to Riverside Community College to play for Dennis Rogers, who he would also eventually coach with. At RCC, Arguelles played every position, but catcher on the diamond. He earned All-Orange Empire Conference player honors and guided his teams to the reginal playoffs both years. After RCC, Arguelles accepted a scholarship to Arizona State University and play under Pat Murphy. He helped guide his teams both years to Super Regional berths (1997 & 1998), and in 1998, Arguelles and ASU qualified for the College World Series in Omaha. They lost in the National Championship to University of Southern California. Arguelles earned All College World Series First Team honors as an outfielder. That same year he was drafted by the California Angels and played a season within their organization, before he headed back to start his coaching career at Riverside City College.
Arguelles earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University, and also earned a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Arguelles enjoys his time away from the field and campus with his family. Which includes his wife, Adrienne and their children, son Rudy lll and their daughter-in-law Devin and grandsons Anson and Bucky, daughter Charli, son Ponciano, daughter Karissa, son Grant and daughter Leighton.